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TEEN SCENE: Take a chill pill

Payton Jakubowski helps students deal with pre-exam stress in her latest column. GUARDIAN PHOTO
Payton Jakubowski helps students deal with pre-exam stress in her latest column. GUARDIAN PHOTO

Deal with stress by identifying its sources and taking steps to manage it

It’s the end to the first semester and your stress levels are on the rise.

Though, this isn’t just simply about the anxiety we all face around exam season but also with life in general. It’s common to be stressed, though how to handle it can only add to that. And, taking that into consideration, here are a few tips and tricks may aid you in your quest to relax:

1. Figure out what you’re stressed about. Finding the root cause of your stressor is always helpful. With that you’re one step further to removing it from your life and or thoughts.

2. Do something you enjoy. What better than enjoying the things you love? Perhaps drawing or going out for a walk could ease the tension, even if only for a while.

3. Take time away from your stressor. So you’re focusing all your time on this one thing, why? Step back, relax and don’t spend all your thoughts on this because in the end it will only magnify the stress.

4. Open up to the people you trust. When you’re having a meltdown or not, talking to someone can aid you tremendously. Getting it out and expressing yourself keeps you from exploding. They may also have some suggestions on how to help.

5. Just breathe. This seems tedious, however this tip may be more useful than you may think. Breathing exercises are known do calm the thoughts and help to relax. What do you have to lose from giving it a shot?

6. Find music that speaks to you. If you’re saying to yourself, ‘music isn’t my thing, you’re lying’. Personally, it is one of the most effective tips to share. Make a playlist that speaks to you and jam out in your room.

7. Don’t bottle up your feelings or ignore the problem for too long. Sometimes you may keep things to yourself, maybe even ignore them. However, eventually this builds up and you explode, not literally. So it isn’t a good strategy. Please remember kids, sharing is caring.

8. Strategize a plan to overcome the issue. Let’s say it’s a resolvable issue, like a test that is coming up. To avoid the stress that comes with it, study and do the best you can. It’ll be over before you know it.

9. Don’t let others dictate how you feel. The opinions of others are important things, in the world of young people, or people in general. Therefore, if it isn’t what you believe or your own thought on the matter, ignore it. Just because a friend or your mother has a certain expectation doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you don’t live up to it.

10. Walk it off, smile. Try not to focus on it too much, lie back and relax. Guess what? This is one moment in your life. Think of all the good times. This isn’t forever.

Hopefully from these tips you learnt something new. Who knows, maybe someone’s stress is lowered from this. On that note, remember enjoy life, if stressed, take a chill pill.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Payton Jakubowski is a Grade 11 student at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown, who is completing a co-op placement at The Guardian.

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